According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert Russ Wallace, Texas strawberry growers have experienced an average season so far despite freezes, drought and temperature variability impacting yields.
Growth is good around much of the state, but up and down temperatures impacted early season production opportunities, Wallace said. Above-average winter temperatures pushed strawberry plants in East, North and Central Texas to flower early, but a cold front with freezing temperatures knocked off blooms and set plants back.
Fluctuating temperatures somewhat confused the plants this season, Wallace added. Strawberries are a cool-season crop, and while freezing temperatures can hurt blooms and fruit sets, summer-type temperatures can signal the plant to shut down.